Aug. 21, 2012
National Playoff Draw
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Assistant men's tennis coach Ryler DeHeart, who is entering his first season with the Crimson Tide, and his wife Megan Fudge, will be competing in the US Open National Playoff Mixed Doubles Championship, which is being held in New Haven, Conn., at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 22-25. The winner of the playoffs will receive a Wild Card entry into the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship beginning August 29 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
DeHeart and Fudge advanced to the National Playoffs by virtue of their win at the Florida sectional tournament in May. The two have received a first round bye in the national playoffs and will take on the winner of the match between Jessie Aney/Eric Frueh and Alison Ramos/West Nott in the quarterfinals.
DeHeart and Fudge both enjoyed stellar collegiate careers at Illinois, playing at No. 1 singles for the Illini. DeHeart remains Illinois' winningest singles player in history and earned several accolades including twice being named an ITA All-American. He went on to play professionally for five years before starting RD Tennis, along with Fudge, which is a junior high performance program in Tampa, Fla.